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Keeping It Simple

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Dec 23, 2014 8:02:00 AM

Thinking back to the birth of his first son, theology professor Randall Woodard reflects on what matters most as we prepare for Christmas – and journey through life.

By Dr. Randall Woodard,
 Assistant Professor of Theology and Religion

When my oldest son was born (he’s now 15!) I was in graduate school and had no money at all.

In fact, money was so tight that a friend of mine found a crib on the side of the road and decided to pick it up for me, knowing how financially embarrassed I was at the time. It was somewhat humiliating, but Danny slept in that crib in the one-bedroom apartment for the first two years of his life.

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Topics: Happiness

It’s Finals Week And You Need A Laugh

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Dec 10, 2014 7:45:00 AM

As you finish up the academic term, you could probably use a little stress relief. Here are a few one-liners to make you smile.

It’s finals week. While the end of the term is in sight, right now you’re up to your eyeballs in papers and final exams for your online degree program.

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Topics: Happiness, Just for Fun

A Few Of Our Favorite Things

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Dec 19, 2013 7:52:00 AM

How do you find peace and joy during the holiday season? What do you look forward to during this special time of year?

Your last research paper of the term is finished. Final exams are over. It’s time to take a well-earned holiday-season breather from your online degree program.

While shopping, cooking, decorating and enjoying parties help make the season festive, be sure to take time to focus on what’s most important in your life: family, friends, and gratitude for the blessings of the previous year.

Here’s what some members of the Saint Leo community who support our online students look forward to during the holidays.

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Topics: Happiness

Keep Your Batteries Charged

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Jun 13, 2013 6:57:00 AM

Words of wisdom on keeping balance in life while working on your online degree. 

Remember those Southwest Airline commercials a few years back that featured people in awkward and embarrassing moments?

There was one where a rapper on stage in a concert says, “Thank you, Detroit!”

The crowd goes silent, and a fellow band member says, “Detroit was last night.”

And then there’s the punch line, “Wanna Get Away?”

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Topics: Happiness, Productivity

9 Ways To Simplify Your Day

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Jun 4, 2013 7:39:00 AM

With so many important things to do every day, how can you clear the clutter so you can focus on what really matters?

Ever wonder why time flies by so quickly? You blink and it's the end of another week. Blink again and your kids are another year older.

It's because our days are so full of things to do. Working. Taking care of a family. Pursuing an online degree.

We rush from one activity to the next — from the office, to a soccer game, to a committee meeting — with barely a breath in between.

It’s a huge source of stress for many people, and constant stress puts your health at risk.

So how can we simplify our days?

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Topics: Happiness, Productivity

The Secret To Being A Successful Online Student

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Feb 12, 2013 7:20:00 AM

What's the secret to being a successful online student, or to being successful at anything in life? The answer may surprise you.

It’s true that the little things in life often bring us the most joy.

For a baby, that could be simply the sound of ripping paper.

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Topics: Happiness

Keeping Life In Balance

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Jan 16, 2013 2:01:00 PM

Living in a world that is spinning at a frenetic pace, we all long for balance in life as we juggle daily responsibilities.

The start of the new year is filled with lists. Lists of the top news stories from the previous year. Lists of the hottest pop culture trends. Lists of resolutions we intent to keep. Lists of resolutions most commonly broken.

The list goes on.

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Topics: Happiness

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